Fulling is essential when wet felting; fulling your wet felted project will ensure a smooth, tight felt. The fulling process includes pressure and friction from your hands and warm to hot water. You can expect 10-25% shrinkage at this time, but more can occur if this process is done longer. This pressure and friction help compact your wet felted project giving it strength, texture, and durability.
Can You Needle Felt A Project After It's Been Wet Felted?
Of course! Once your wet felted project is dry, you can easily needle felt onto your piece just like any other fabric. The only additional supplies you need are felting needles and a needle felting pad.
How do I Know When My Project is Finished Felting?
You will want your wet felted project to have a nice smooth, tight finish. A tight felt will help give your wet felted piece strength and last over time.
When you ask yourself if your piece is felted enough, give the surface of your project a light pinch. If the wool fibers feel like they are slipping in between your fingers, you have more fulling to do. But if the fibers feel locked together, congratulations, you are finished!